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Grateful Dead Live at Delta Center on 1995-02-21

Topics Live concert

Salt Lake City, Friend Of The Devil, Wang Dang Doodle, Tennessee Jed, Broken Arrow, Black Throated Wind*, So Many Roads, The Music Never Stopped (58 mins) Foolish Heart, Samba In The Rain, Truckin'-> I I Just Want To Make Love To You To You-> That Would Be Something-> Drums-> Space-> Visions Of Johanna-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Liberty (85 mins)

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Delta Center
Location Salt Lake City, UT

Source DSBD > 1C > DAT


DSBD > 1C > DAT; Seeded to etree by Dan Stephens


Reviewer: Schumster - - December 22, 2014
Subject: Surprisingly palatable
While I'd take the worst Brent show over the best Vince show, I managed to listen to much more of this show than I have for any other post 94 performance. Not terrible, but far from good compared to anything pre-90. I'll give it 2 mighty stars which IMO is 2 more than most if not all 95 shows warrant
Reviewer: Nyquilcoma - - October 16, 2014
Subject: Set List?
Well, I'm not going to gripe much about this show, or about 1995 in general. We could all see/hear that something(s) was/were seriously wrong, particularly with Jerry. I remember thinking at the time that this may have been a good time for an extended break, if not for the better part of two years like '74-'76, at least for a tour or two, a couple of seasons worth maybe. Time for the band to re-focus, rest, recuperate, concentrate on personal and health issues, etc., etc.,...
Since the "Touch" record had come out, it seemed every tour the Band had been playing larger and larger venues-and finally making large CASH. A lot of the newer fans didn't care or notice, since it was all they had ever known of the Dead, but those of us who had been around on tour for quite awhile before that noticed that the scene had changed, and not for the better. The shows had changed too, as to be expected. Still the Good Old Grateful Dead up there, but more distant and less personal; there were fewer and fewer times that you got the feeling that the band was devoting their energy to playing their best. Fewer times you got that special feeling that they were playing just for you and the tribe, personally. This lack of energy seemed to increase, particularly over the last two or three years of the Dead's existence.
Anyhow, blah, blah, (sigh), it seemed to me that when the Grateful Dead finally achieved big-time success, they just didn't know how to handle it.
I give them kudos for resurrecting old and rarer tunes, as well as introducing some really good new material during these years (except most of those god-awful Phil songs...). But it wasn't quite enough, sorry. And I love the band, and kept going to shows-18 years of touring, 272 shows. (Get Sirius radio if you don't have it, it's worth the money just for the GD channel.)
My only comments show-wise in this rant is that it's not all that bad. Pretty damn good for a 1995 show in fact. And whoever said that this was a dull setlist couldn't be more wrong: plenty of interesting nuggets here, from the "Salt Lake City" opener, "Wang Dang Doodle", "BT Wind", and the triple threat of Jerry's "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "That Would Be Something" and "Visions of Johanna" that form the meat of the second set: none of these are anywhere close to common tunes for the Dead of this time period-or played at the same show in any period of the group's existence.
Whew, glad I got that off my chest!
Reviewer: micah6vs8 - - February 18, 2013
Subject: SLC
That is a unexpected good time!

As is this show. It doesn't have the jams, but is fun- and that is something you can't often say about this era.
Reviewer: saintofcircumstance420 - - February 16, 2013
Subject: Gotta love the Salt Lake City!
I like this show for the once only played version of Bob Weir's 'Salt Lake City'. Always been a big Bobby fan and it is fun to hear the whole band do this one. This recording is crisp and sounds good to me. No doubt Jerry was close to knockin' on heaven's door in 1995 but the rest of the band was pretty tight that tour. 95 definitely has its warts but there are some good performances that year if you look for them. They are just a little fewer and a little farther between.
Reviewer: mountain_man - - November 30, 2012
Subject: Best show of 95
When I find people who complain about 95, I point them to this show. This show has it's flaws, but the gems do shine. You get a killer:

Broken Arrow
Black Throated Wind
So Many Roads
And most of all... Visions of Johana

Jerry just utterly kicks ass on Visions. It is the best cover of it I have heard him do (which there were not many for this Dylan track). This song alone made it worth the price of admission IMHO. That and a very high quality source make this very enjoyable to my ears.
Reviewer: klaussmith - - July 16, 2012
Subject: A Good Show
A good show is a good show, this is a good show. I never even have listened to any ’95 Dead, less the So Many Roads from the box set, but this show has many stand out versions. The three Garcia breakouts in a row, Make Love to You> That Would be Something > Space > Visions of Johanna should peak your interest. This show also has the best Broken Arrow I have heard. Give it a listen, this is coming from a hardcore 70’s DeadHead, (First show 05-05-77, New Haven) I was at the first break-out of Visions in Philly in 86’ and this ’95 version is equally great. I was also at The Centrum in ’84 (Not ’88 or ’87 Cozmic Craig) for one of two break-out versions of Make Love to You in ‘84 and this version being sung by Garcia is fun. So don’t bash this show, if you don’t like it, don’t listen to it, but I’m glad I found it and gave it a listen.
Reviewer: razorbackaggie - - May 23, 2012
Subject: a 70s Head giving five stars here
First, give it up for the recording - excellent sound - really crisp.
Second, Billy and Mickey - wow !! when the recording is this crisp, you can hear the tiny nuances in their work - two of the absolute best. Billy is my favorite - like Charley Watts - a classic jazz influenced drummer who could do more with less - beautiful work.
Third, Jerry G - Sounds very sweet here, vocally strong and the guitar, well not flashy but the tone is rich and warm. I saw him up, down and inter-galactic and this show reflects a beautiful soul. The life of a bard is not an easy one because a true artist never stands pat and never rests on their laurels. Jerry G never did!
Fourth, Vince - never underrate him. He was more a sideman than a core guy like Brent and Keith became, but he obviously loved being there. His vocal and keyboard contributions were always compatible with the mood. Here, Jerry is stepping up and Vince shines, too.
Fifth, give yourself five stars if you love the Grateful Dead!!!
Reviewer: Cozmic Craig - - May 23, 2012
Subject: Hard to Listen to...
I don't know how I ended up here as I RARELY venture past '90. My first show was in Baltimore '82 and my last was MSG '90 (9-19 to be exact!) I attended 200+ during that time. I have vehemently defended 80's Dead to all of my older friends, partly because they were "my" years, and partly because I do truly enjoy the mix of experience and the last traces of youth. I also enjoy the technical advances they made during this time. But this is hard to listen to. However...I totally understand the enthusiasm if this was "your" time with the boys...that counts for something. But do yourself a favor and listen to 68-88 and hear the magic. You really hear the deterioration if you compare the "I Just Wanna Make Love To You" from Worc. 87 (maybe 88) to this mess. I'll give it 2 for the VOJ.
Reviewer: pabluspe - - May 23, 2012
Subject: Great
Broken Arrow is incredible...

And I think Vince's play is amazing through hole show. He plays tasty.
Reviewer: zzzboxofrainzzz - - April 18, 2012
Subject: Indoor and climate controlled.....
versus out in the hot summer sun.....

Have to wonder how much that summer tour took out of Jerry. I was 36 and in good shape, but still struggled to stay hydrated and upright for the shows I saw. Cannot imagine Jerry standing up there on stage show after show in the shape he was in. Especially after dark when the lights came on, even if the temps dropped.

Just listened to the Black Throated Wind, So Many Roads, Music Never Stopped, Foolish Heart, Visions, and Sugar Magnolia. If I didn't know it was a 1995 show, didn't see the set list beforehand, and heard the Sugar Magnolia "in a vacuum" I would have guessed '92 to '94 [yes, there were some flashes in '94] based on the dreck I heard at my 10 shows in summer '95.

I know this was early in the year. And while his health was not good, and his addiction was taking an even greater toll than the latter half of '94, Jerry still "emerged from the depths" more often in winter/spring than on the summer tour from hell.

Wish they'd taken the summer off and he'd gotten cleaned up. Maybe if he had done that, and lost some weight, and taken the summer and even fall off, maybe, just maybe, he would have been with us a little longer. And maybe he would have been energized like when he came back in '86 and after the 2nd illness. But all things happen for a reason. Maybe to make us appreciate what we had that much more, and to appreciate what we currently have that much more.

As for a rating.... I give Jerry 5 stars for putting in the effort when most of us would have hung up the ax and gone scuba diving. I give Bobby, Phil, Billy, and Micky 4 stars because they did their best every night. And even if Bobby could get a little cheesy... and even if I didn't like the sound of his guitar the last couple years, he remains a unique rhythm player. I give Vince one star because his keyboard playing was mediocre and his voice was irritating- -he detracted more than he brought anythign to the band.

As for the show itself, no rating.... it was a Dead show that was decently played for the 90's, and well played for '95. But while the music is important, there are so many tangibles and intalgibles relative to a Dead show. And unless you were there to experience it, you really can't rate "the show". You can ony rate the music, not the experience.
Reviewer: Let's All Be Cheerful - - December 30, 2011
Subject: Not bad, really
This is one of the very few '95 shows where the boys were able to sustain their energy from beginning to end. A fun listen.
Reviewer: mrbill - - December 29, 2011
Subject: Lousy setlist
What a lousy setlist. Their material started going downhill in the 80's, and kept going down down down...
Reviewer: Timothy Crawford - - October 19, 2011
Subject: It's not a good 90s show - it's a good Grateful Dead show !
It's not a good 90s show - it's a good Grateful Dead show ! That really sums it up. I think alot of people are way to into bashing 92-95. Like the reviewer cringle below. Look, my opinion is my opinion and everyone's entitled to their own. I feel that cringle's review (in my opinion) is way off. Actually I thought it was assicinine. (I probably spelled that wrong)But again, to each his own. Check this show out, it's a hoot - very solid. The Visions will wreck you, it's just wonderful. Enjoy !!!! Miss you Jerry
Reviewer: dustbowltom - - July 22, 2011
Subject: "..while my conscience explodes...
The crows reaction to Visions of Johanna gives me goosebumps..all time favorite Dylan song...Thank you Jerry
Reviewer: REBLOCHON - - April 19, 2011
The sound is fantastic !

one of the best show of the hell year !

do you feel the magic in the air ?

Reviewer: nigeldavahah - - February 21, 2011
Subject: (((((((((((VINCE)))))))))))))
Reviewer: breadbox - - January 12, 2011
Subject: Vision
I was living in Salt Lake at the time, taking a break from a 100+ dead show career. All the old tour buddies came through. We were dancing in the hallway (FRONT LEFTERS!) behind Phil's right shoulder, with the vantage point to see Jerry flub line after line ("you wrote that song, moron!") with gol-dang TELEPROMPTERS, no less. You can't read the lyrics, Jer?

Looked like another average outing until the first notes of Visions came out of space.
Perfect. The roof opened up and valkaryies and blood rained from the night sky. You had to be there.

Hey I'll agree there was a ton of garbage in the 90s. The entire Spring 92' tour was garbage. But you've thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Trust me, this is one of those nights when every single person who "gets it", got it. It was perfunctory junk until the Visions, but then, well....Jesus, am I really trying to explain this? Nevermind.
Reviewer: Lazyriver525 - - April 9, 2009
Subject: good sound...good show...
I gotta say...sound quality is superb...and I loved the show...I was'nt there...but I don't understand how anyone could say The band were hurting their last show was spac 1988...yeah...a little different style to the music...but I liked it..had'nt really heard some of the newer many roads...but thought they were all done many roads actually had me tearing up..bless jerry and the boys for reaching me at the times in my life when no one else could..Got tickets for theDead 09 tour...I know it'll be a little strange ...But I'm psyched!!!
Reviewer: Bigbirdsflyn - - February 3, 2009
Subject: Classic spots
Cringle, you are a fool. Best part of this show is drums/space? I don't believe you have actually listened to this show but rather just offering an ignorant negative opinion to be different.

A jammin Salt Lake City to open in Salt Lake on the last night is classic, inspired and rocking. Wang Dang, BTW and So Many Roads are as well played as many of the last few years worth of shows with Jerry really getting into So Many Roads. Music which closes the first jams as it always does.

A second set opening with Foolish (an awesome group effort) Samba and Truckin is solid and anything but "shabby and sloppy". Visions is definitely the highlight of the second set. The best of all played, a very touching rendition.

This show did anything but embarrass their legacy and is far from sad. it is obviously not the 70's or even 80's but "the last dregs of resin" as that clown cringle states? Far from it. You obviously haven't listened to much.
Reviewer: cringle - - January 13, 2009
Subject: Don't Fool Yourselves
Nothing special about this Visions. Gawd, these '95 shows are so sad.

By '95, the only place in the show where the GD still offered truly world class professional grade music making - still moving forward and upward - was drums/space! a 20 minute refuge from disheartening shabby, shoddy, noddy, sloppy, tired, uninspired recitations that stand as an embarassment to their legacy.

It's not bashing. It's just the sad truth.

95s are like the last degenerate dregs of resin. Don't do it to yourself.
Reviewer: familiarfan - - June 15, 2008
Subject: Fine
The So Many Roads is good.
Reviewer: jimmyz - - March 19, 2008
Subject: as good as it gets...
this particular Visions of Johanna is, in my opinion, one of the best musical performances in the history of musical performances... call me howard hughes, but i've been streaming this show for the last two months straight... that said, can somebody who knows more about computers than me, please please please email me on how to get a copy/download/file/whatever of this DAT??? thks
Reviewer: lpenoza - - January 30, 2008
Subject: Visions of Johanna
I don't know how to rate this show.

I only know how to rate the "Visions of Johanna" from this night. This is the best reading of this song anyone has done, or likely will ever do. It is one of those rare instances of Garcia's last few years with the GD when he rises above all physical limitations and becomes the vessel for a perfect delivery of a song, and the entire band just rises right up to be with him. I was in Hampton in '86 for the first ever "Visions" by the Dead, and it was great. This one is the fulfilment of it's potential.

His fragile, yet powerful vocal delivery is "sepia toned" Garcia at it's finest. You can feel that this song means something special to the man.
The first line of this guitar solo is so direct, so simple, powerful, beautiful and perfect, that it stuns me no matter how many times I listen (several hundred times by now), and he ends that line with a punctuation mark that has no written form. All of his collective experience as a guitarist and musician comes to fruition here. What to leave out, and what to put in. The entire solo is *one long thought* expressed in a flow that is lyrical beyond what almost any other guitarist could even imagine. Garcia was known to express his solos in long phrases, whereas typical lead guitar consists of riffs pieced together. This one is a complete and singular expression all the way through. Lyrical is too weak a description, words fail in trying to explain, you just have to listen. It makes me feel powerful emotions every time.

Yes, I do hear the stumbles in the solo near the end, and I hear the vocal miscues, all minor when held up to the song as a whole. He's a human after all, imperfect, beautiful. There are inflection in his voice that seem to make this song complete, possibly more than Dylan could have envisioned.

Forgive me for gushing. And forgive me for not giving a rating. I can't even rate the show as a whole. The Visions of Johanna gets TEN stars from me, with one more to make ELEVEN. This version is a true Masterpiece.

Reviewer: wingnut420 - - January 5, 2008
Subject: visions
i remember being up in the philzone puffing when the openng of visions started, needless to say this spun cookie went nuts, but remember thinking why no one else was, seen all of this year and this was my fav. moment
Reviewer: havagratefuldaye - - January 4, 2008
quite possibly the best 95 show, visions straight out space, the boys were rippin it all night. best That would be something I've ever heard.

the boys were on this night, fantastic energy throughout the whole show

Bob's vocals through BTW are superb

Jerry Full of energy and ripping the leads flawlessly throughout most the night, a little flubbage in sugar mag intro

Highlights of the show: Visions, That Would Be Something, Black Throated Wind, Foolish Heart, Liberty
Reviewer: Tito&Smokey - - October 5, 2007
Subject: Foolish Heart
I disagree,i thought this show was very good.The Foolish heart is one of the top 5 Foolish Hearts of all-time,and thats saying alot from 95.Of course im not going to give it 5 stars,but a 3.5 rating is a great rating for 95.Listen to the Visions
Reviewer: Tito&Smokey - - October 5, 2007
Subject: Foolish Heart
I disagree,i thought this show was very good.The Foolish heart is one of the top 5 Foolish Hearts of all-time,and thats saying alot from 95.Of course im not going to give it 5 stars,but a 3.5 rating is a great rating for 95.Listen to the Visions
Reviewer: pnc - - March 21, 2007
Subject: FOD tells the tale.
SMR and Visions are pretty good here, and the recording is crisp and clear...but painfully so. Listen to friend of the devil, a standard that jerry would use from '74 to '93 to again and again display his virtuosity, but here his play in the solo is perfunctory at best...and just plain bad at the worst. he should be able to rip off the notes in his he pretty much had i'm sure. also bobby's little picking intro there to jerry's solo that was always so neat is dull and drowned out by reverb/effect. this simple song, imho, tells the tale of these days. low energy, lacking in effort, and just plain difficult to listen to...and vince still had not improved. that guy was not of a class with the others.

i was at this show, and lets face it, it just was not that good.
Reviewer: audiohead22 - - March 21, 2007
Subject: What's not to like?
Call me nostalgic and missing the boys, but this is a very nice show. I was one of those heads who lost some interest after Brent left us, plus I'm not the biggest fan of the "newer" songs either. But I must say, even for 95' this show is pretty clean. The band is tight and even the newer songs were played well. The audio on this beauty is sweet, near perfect! I also enjoy the song selection, though it does seem that the crowd had a hard time getting into the vibe. There were several occasions when the boys were rockin hard, but the crowd seemed to dull the mood - or is that just my odd perception? Regardless, this one's a keeper, Visions alone justifys downloading. Thanks for putting this one up guys!

Reviewer: tolsen100 - - January 9, 2007
Subject: Thanks for the Trip!
Wow...what a trip! Started in Worchester, MA on 04-04-87 and ended here in Salt Lake City, UT! Every show was memorable!

Thanks to Jerry and all!
Reviewer: sydthecat - - August 3, 2006
Subject: The dog
Yeah, this is definitely the best of the three nights here. I throw this show an extra star because it has my favourite version of Visions of Johanna. First time I heard it on Gans' show it brought me to tears. Rest of the show is up and down like a yo-yo. There are far worse Foolish Heart's (sorry to say) than this one by the way. The Truckin' is no great hell. The first set contains some pleasant moments---Jed among them. Anyone notice that Jed's dog in this version is even smarter than usual? Not only can he talk, he can also read!!

I actually dig much of the first set more than the throwaway "I Just Wanna..." and another in an endless line of TWBS's that litter the second set. The band could have done itself a favour early on when (I assume) Garcia initiated this bit of filler by adopting McCartney's original structure and funky drumming instead of this boring shuffle.

The Johanna though is peerless. His vocal is among my favourites of his and that's saying something. He really makes the song live in a way I only thought possible on Blonde on Blonde. The only reason I would have liked to have caught this run of shows.
Reviewer: unclejohnnyd - - July 19, 2006
Subject: This is a great show ! Are you people nuts?
It's really about the first set on this one and what a fine full of energy set it is. Salt Lake City - what a fun tasty treat. FOTD is excellent, hell the whole first set is excellent even T.Jed. And why isn't anyone talkinig about Music? One of my favorites if not my favorite from ANY year. It just growls with raunchiness and the end just builds and builds, like the Dead of yore.

As for the second set - so-so except for That would be something andVisions, both are great.

Set I five Stars, Set Two 2.5-3 stars. Overall I guess I'll say 4 but I'd really like to rate set I a five
Reviewer: jawknee - - June 2, 2006
Subject: Great show for '95? Yep, probably...
Oh the pain, and then the anger... Listening to the band playing Foolish Heart (one of the only decent Jerry tunes of his final decade and purportedly a good one from this year) I get the sense that the rest of the band is standing around the crater that was once Garcia's energy and creativity, waiting for something to happen, something to arise... so they lots of aural space in which NOTHING HAPPENS, except this incredible, awful, tension of waiting, waiting, fruitless waiting... any Beckett fans out there? This show works on that level, maybe. Thank God the Archive did not exist back in the day, for if I had had the perspective that it offers me today on how huge the decline was that I have now, I can't see how I could possibly have participated in the ongoing degradation. Ah well, it's all time-travel now, so I'll see you in the 60's and 70's!
Reviewer: Darrylizer - - May 5, 2006
Subject: More good stuff than painful
Listening to Jerry's numb fumbling and lyrical mistakes in the first two songs is almost too much for me. He seems to get things together by Tennessee Jed, which is a rousing version. There are some other nice parts such as Visions and So Many Roads, but this show won't change anyone's opinion that most of '95 blows.
Reviewer: simpleman971 - - April 23, 2006
Subject: good show
alittle bit of everything plus its sound is excellent
Reviewer: whodat1 - - March 13, 2006
Subject: 95 not all that bad
IMO the best Visions ever played!!
Reviewer: Hilder,rebuilder - - January 28, 2006
Subject: the "SMR" project
SEE 1992,2,21 'getting them all!-----
Reviewer: Trannyman - - January 25, 2006
Subject: Great show any era
Easily one of the best 95 shows and it belongs in your collection of the best shows to own.

FOT Devil is maybe my favorite version I can think of. 2nd set not as spectacular as set #1, but still very good.

One question- Why didn't they just put Salt Lake City (the song) into the rotation years before. Awesome.
Reviewer: SpaceRanger - - January 14, 2006
Subject: Great show for '95
This is one of the better played shows from 95. Some rarities in the mix. One of my favorite FOTD and Broken Arrow. Nice Foolish Heart as well. The sound is nice but a few static moments towards ends of Foolish and Truckin' if I remember correctly. Always love jamming this one.
Reviewer: GuinnessGoon - - January 1, 2006
Subject: One of the best from '95.....
This is definetly one of my fav's from '95. This show was played very well and not too many flubs. There were some nice suprises like the Visions of Johanna and Salt Lake City. The Broken Arrow is easily the best of any of Phil's efforts, not too slow or sloppy. FOTD is also a jem from this show.
Reviewer: patkelley - - December 11, 2005
Subject: nice...
but actually, any other broken arrow is better than this one. Plus the channels keep shifting so it's hard to listen to. But it sounds good
Reviewer: cheyler - - December 10, 2005
Subject: Show of the year...
This has got to be my favorite show of the year, the sound is better than average, it took a few tries to get an excellent copy, still don't have the copy that will make me stop searching but it is almost there. The playing is excellent, Jerry is on his game too. The SLC is a novelty, the FOTD is spot-on, nice reading. The Foolish Heart is a nice long version with good solos and lots of feeling. Black-Throated has plenty of atmosphere to it, and So Many Roads is a top-ten version. The snippets of 'I Just Wanna...' and 'That Would Be...' are a surprise, both songs turning into a bit of a Jerry-chant, very unusual. 'Visions' is quite good, not many screw-ups and 'Liberty' is even pretty good. The entire show hangs together very well and there are many high points, all in all it has a good feeling to it and as all good shows, it seems like you've gone somewhere and come back again. If anyone needs the soundboard, e-mail me at
Reviewer: SpaceRanger - - November 15, 2005
Subject: Great show from the 'tour from hell'
This is one of the better played shows from 95. Actually any other Broken Arrow is toooo slow and sloppy. This is definetly one of Phil's better renditions. Thanks for making this available.
Reviewer: doc drennan - - September 3, 2005
Subject: best 95???
saw the boys only 4 times that tragic year this show regretfully was not one of them but i love this download thank you all seeders tapers and archive folks
Reviewer: turf727 - - July 20, 2005
Subject: Killer show!
What a treat! High energy and Jerry is fully present (unlike some sad 1995 shows where he's fading out. Hell, even Vince souds good! Great Salt Lake City. Great post space...Visions and Sugar Mags are EPIC. Sound is huge. Love it!
Reviewer: Vivafiniz - - July 13, 2005
Subject: Visions...
sound quality could be the best i've heard throughout the entire archive...excellentn work.
Visions is fantastic, Liberty is ok, Solid Foolish Heart. Jerry sounds fantastic on this...without a doubt, its worth the DL.
Reviewer: dmilks - - April 12, 2005
Subject: sound issues
The sound quality is very nice and crispy. However, there is a persistent crackling that overpowers the "That would be somethin", and there is a series of large cracks and pops at the end of Foolish.
Reviewer: touch heads rule - - April 2, 2005
Subject: Salt Lake City
You know old Brigham and his magic lizard must have been rolling in the box with this being played in his city. Nice balls by Wier to bust it.
Best night of the three musically, maybe everyone had gotten over thier fear of visiting this friggin strange cult haven.
Reviewer: Tito&Smokey - - March 24, 2005
Subject: Visions-Foolish heart
This was a great 95 night.The Visions of Johanna is the best out of the 5 they did this year.Its perfect,sounds like it was done in the studio.Best part of Visions-"jewels and binoculars,hang from the head of the mule">the Foolish Heart is Fucking HUGE.Best"Foolish"in 5 years,top 3 "Foolish"all time(3-19-90,5-5-90).Check out the part when Jerry says"speak with wisdom like a chiiiiiiild"classic.
So Many Roads another big highlight.
I remember this show well...all the bars,by law,you had to be a "member"of the club.10 admission to be a "member"for life.what a ripoff.
also,my crew did the seemingly impossible.We scored blow on the mormon infested streets of Salt Lake.
Reviewer: shallwego - - March 24, 2005
Subject: Strong show for '95
Very upbeat; Jerry is present & accounted for.
Reviewer: sugarcube - - March 23, 2005
Subject: Bitter sweet
This was the last Dead show I enjoyed. The best Visions that year for sure! yet some other weaker version appears on fallout from the Phil zone....what's up with that Phil?
Reviewer: NealCassady1978 - - March 18, 2005
Subject: Time period does matter
Vince was nobody compared to the other keyboardists for the dead, namely pigpen and brent
Reviewer: lobster12 - - March 11, 2005
Subject: not bad
was not at the show, but listened to it and it was ok, especially compared to the other subpar salt lake shows. This version of Visions is not as epic as most say, but a nice breakout none-the-less. And the comments about hearing Vince more were a bit scary. By the way, what was the occasion? he'd only been in the band 5 years. Good first set- especially since they had been doing the 40 minute ones lately. Second set has holes, but has a lot of great moments.
Reviewer: Terrapin31590 - - November 1, 2004
Subject: Happy Birthday Vince
As an initial matter, I *hate reviewers who qualify their postings with comments like "I know it's 95 but .." or "for 95 this isn't a bad show". I don't care if the show is '65, '75, '85, '95 or any other year in the history of the "band beyond description", a great dead show is a great dead show no matter when it was played.

All that said, this is a goddam great dead show. Jer actually *allowed* Vince to play some leads in SLC, I'm guessing either because it was his birthday or perhaps it was the steady decline of JG's health and he wanted to take the night off. Who knows? I think Vince gets a bum rap from Heads. He wasn't brent or keith, but he also wasn't the sack of you know what some people think he was and this night is a good example of what he brought to the table.

The first set is strong from start to finish, Bob and Vince really rip up Salt Lake City, Bob especially throwing out some nice leads and riffs over Vince's keys. FOTD has some nice Vince piano work as Jerry cedes the floor. Wang Dang smokes, they really had this tune going, and Vince clearly *got this tune unlike some others (i.e. Terrapin, Dark Star). Phil plays a nice Broken Arrow, and while I much prefer So Many Roads in the 2d set, the song has a warmth and meaning, particularly in these later versions, that is impossible to ignore. The band closes shop on set 1 with a strong Music Never Stopped. and the MNS is a great set closer. Overally, 1 hr. of very strong playing, good set list, and the SLC bust out being the major highlight.

Second set offers more of the same. Jerry just gets totally absorbed in the Foolish Heart jam, spiraling around his riffs endlessly, you'll be drooling at his guitar work. While I'm not a huge "Samba" fan (who is?) this is actually a nice version of it, there's a slow, bluesy slinkiness to it, that Jerry builds through use of the midi pedal on his guitar in the intro to the song that sets a nice tone. Vince delivers a strong vocal performance and again, not my favorite tune, but a good effort. The Truckin>IJWMLTY>TWBS shows the band at a nice peak moment. The jams are creative, the playing weaves through themes easily, and everyone seems to be on the same page. Again, great dead music is great dead music, no matter when it was done. The drums/space is great if you are a beam head (like me) who loves the trippy sounds Mickey got out of the beam. The Visions speaks for itself, a few minor vocal hiccups for JG, but a really chilling version that he pours his heart into. Sugar Mags and then a predictable Liberty close out the night.

The recording is a top notch SBD with the very minor, as the text file mentions, scratchy digi static at the end of a few tracks that can be cut out with Audacity or a similar program. Also, for those who want to flip the encore to the first disc, you can fit all of set 2 on an 80 min. disc.

Reviewer: Imercator - - July 4, 2004
Subject: Salt Lake City!
I have to aggree with the other reviewers who hold this one in high regard, as it is indeed one of the better shows of '95 and definitely has a whole lot more energy than the prevoius two nights at the Delta. From start to finish it is a fun show to listen to - Salt Lake City being a mega surprise, getting both band and fans into the mood. Garcia is playing pretty good for the period, with the exception of Samba In The Rain, which he never fully got his head around anyway. As already mentioned, Visions of Johanna is the true emerald of the evening, Jerry giving it all he's got! A recommended download for sure, despite the '95 factor.
Reviewer: - - June 2, 2004
Subject: pretty darn good
I think this is the best show of '95. Take out the Samba In The Rain and it is not only listenable from start to finish, but downright enjoyable. The VOJ is the best ever IMO, I really like the Foolish Heart, Music Never Stopped is very nice, Heck even the Truckin' is fun - Weir gets "Truckin'" and "Busted" mixed up, so the result is "Trusted down on bourbon street". ;-)

I was at this show and the energy in the first set was better than any show I had seen in years. The second set was very special from drums on. The nasty buzz at the end of sugar magnolia is a drag, but it's on every tape of this show I've heard in varying forms.

It's a show I listen to a lot, so I'm darn tempted to give it 5 stars, but the '95 stigma lives on....
Reviewer: fez_43 - - May 19, 2004
Subject: some comments
all time favorite versions of broken arrow and visions (the reemergence of it at least as greek theater 86' holds a special place in my heart) cement this show as one of the stronger ones of 1995. the real stregnth lies in the first set, with broken arrow, black throated and so many roads back to back.
Reviewer: mid-maine - - May 19, 2004
Subject: visions
while the beginning of the show reveals the wear and tear on ole jerry, post-space is the pheonix that rises from the ashes. i'm guessing that phil didn't use this on his "fall out from the phil zone" due to a couple slight vocal miscues, but for me, this is by far the best of the visions revivals. jerry plays some poignant and blistering leads. check it out.
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